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Strive Floor Hockey program expands to two additional locations

Free Floor Hockey program for children ages 8-12 begins week of March 12 at six locations throughout Metro Detroit

by Kevin Brown /

The Detroit Red Wings and The Salvation Army are pleased to announce the return of the coed STRIVE (Student Training for Integrity, Vitality & Education) Floor Hockey program starting the week of March 12 at six recreation centers throughout southeastern Michigan. This free, 12-week program is designed to offer youth ages 8-12 an opportunity to learn the basic skills of floor hockey in a fun, exciting atmosphere. More than 100 elementary aged children will receive a chance to experience the program, which culminates in a Championship Game this summer. Skills taught to participants will follow the educational curriculum of NHL Street.

"The Detroit Red Wings are thrilled to continue supporting The Salvation Army's STRIVE floor hockey program this year," said Kevin Brown, Director of Community Relations & Detroit Red Wings Foundation. "With the program growing to two additional locations, more children than ever will have an opportunity to experience the game of hockey - some for the first time ever - across Metro Detroit."

The Salvation Army's STRIVE Hockey program was relaunched in 2017 through support from the Detroit Red Wings' Red Wings for Red Kettles bell ringing event. The program will continue to focus on supporting the growth of floor hockey throughout the region as a way for more youth to learn the basics of hockey before hitting the ice.

"Our Salvation Army youth programs are dedicated to providing healthy activities for children that teach them positive life lessons such as teamwork and responsibility while having fun and building lifelong friendships," said Major Russell Sjogren. "The Detroit Red Wings STRIVE program continues to be a popular initiative that boys and girls look forward to every season."

This year, the program expands from four to six Salvation Army recreation centers in southeastern Michigan. Practice sessions take place each week, in addition to travel games at participating recreation centers. Registration is extremely limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

To learn more about STRIVE and register, please contact The Salvation Army participating recreation centers below:

Team Name: Dearborn Heights Thunder
Contact Person: Amanda McKee/Captain David Martinez
Address: 26700 W Warren St.
Dearborn Heights, MI 48127
Phone Number: 313-563-4457
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Team Name: Detroit Temple Titans
Contact Person: Lance Hill
Address: 3729 W. Chicago St.
Detroit, MI 48206
Phone Number: 313-897-2914

Team Name: Downriver Panthers
Contact Person: Captain Brian Reed
Address: 1258 Biddle Ave.
Wyandotte, MI 48192
Phone Number: 734-282-0930

Team Name: Pontiac Spartans
Contact Person: Ron Washington
Address: 469 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., S.
Pontiac, MI 48342
Phone Number: 248-334-2407

Team Name: Warren Warriors
Contact Person: Ed Duering
Address: 24140 Mound Rd.
Warren, MI 48091
Phone Number:586-754-7400

Team Name: Westland Wild
Contact Person: Andrew Barylski
Address: 2300 Venoy Rd.
Westland, MI 48186
Phone Number: 734-722-3660

Since 2005, the Red Wings have raised more than $160,000 to benefit The Salvation Army. This past December, four groups of Red Wings players, personnel and alumni raised more than $16,000 for The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign during a two-hour span throughout Metro Detroit. The funds raised this season will support The Salvation Army's STRIVE Floor Hockey program, as well as other vital Salvation Army initiatives.

About The Salvation Army:

Founded by William and Catherine Booth in London, England in 1865, The Salvation Army is a faith-based, non-profit organization dedicated to serving people in need without discrimination. This past year, The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit was involved in providing 2,724,152 meals and 652,786 nights of shelter for the homeless. The Salvation Army uses $.87 of every dollar raised to provide direct services to people in need each and every day of the year. For more information about The Salvation Army, please call 877-SAL-MICH, or visit us at

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